§ Lord Melchett
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will take steps to ensure that Ministers with constituency interests in the notification of land as an SSSI by the Nature Conservancy Council (NCC) do not take part in meetings or other discussions with the NCC designed to influence or overturn the NCC's decision to notify such land.
§ The Earl of Avon
It would be an unresonable and far-reaching precedent to require that Ministers should be disbarred from taking part in discussions about policies for which they are responsible on the grounds that such discussions might give rise to effects within their own constituencies.